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December 29, 2020

Fifteen Thousand High School Students Selected Projects Worth More Than 14 Million Dinars

Students from 27 high schools from Sombor, Sremska Mitrovica, Novi Pazar and Kragujevac selected the projects to be implemented in 2021 in their schools, aiming to improve the overall teaching and learning environment for the students. As many as 15,000 students took part in the program of youth participation in local budget consultations, jointly facilitated by the USAID Government Accountability Initiative and the local self-governments. Through personal engagement, young people learned about the functioning of democratic process of direct decision-making and the ways of influencing the local government, thus making it closer to the citizens and more responsive to their interests and needs. All the selected projects will be financed from the local budgets and overall, the local self-governments allocated more than 14 million dinars to complete the works by the end of the following year.  

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November 26, 2019

Engaging the Public in City of Sombor 2020 Budget Planning

The City of Sombor, located a few kilometers from Serbia’s northern border with Hungary, is a vibrant multi-ethnic community. In November 2018, Sombor signed a memorandum of understanding with USAID to strengthen accountability, good governance and public participation. With assistance of USAID’s Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) the local government engaged the public, including youth in development of the City’s budget for 2020.

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May 17, 2019

Sombor and Dimitrovgrad Implement New Models to Enhance Public Participation in Creating Local Public Policies

A USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) nationwide public perception survey in 2018 found that 59% of Serbia’s citizens believe local authorities do nothing or very little to invite or allow citizens to participate in decision-making processes.

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